You Always Remember Your First

March 11, 2008 at 7:31 am 1 comment

Thank to David Quintana of Lost in the Ozone, I heard about “A Small Town in a Big City,” a profile of Forest Hills Gardens. Actually, I’m a little surprised that the Queens Courier would run such a piece, because haven’t there already been something like 984 such articles on the Gardens? How many times can a reader lose his or her Gardens virginity? But it must be, simply, that people never tire of hearing about a good thing. Or, because I’ve lived here for so long, I’m oblivious to the fact that the rest of New York City is finally catching on.

Here’s an abbreviated list of discover-Forest-Hills-Gardens-as-if-it’s-the-first-time articles currently on the Web.

Queens Courier “A Small Town in a Big City” “Forest Hills—Neighborhood Profile

NY Sun “A Success in Community Planning”

NY Times “If You’re Thinking of Living In…”

NY Times “In a Pockets of Queens, ‘City’ Meets ‘Garden'”

Newsday “Forest Hills: Cosmopolitan Flair, Storybook Feel”



Entry filed under: Forest Hills, Rant, real estate.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Anne  |  March 11, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Perhaps the reason for the derivative discovery lies in the unchanging nature of the Gardens when everything else morphs every nano second, like a continuous kaleidoscope. Each time I pass under the LIRR train trestle I am still momentarily stunned by the the look and feel of Station Square, the “Gateway to the Gardens” — it is like crossing a time warp in the best possible sense. Each subsequent article is maybe a way of holding onto that, afraid that it too may not last much longer.

    The Gardens is a well-thought out community plan that has endured nearly a century, remaining a bastion of green calm in an increasingly noisy world. Yet while the covenants keep its architecture and landscape unchanged, it is hardly static, as evidenced by the escalating real estate prices.


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